Behold, The Bride Groom Cometh
Take your bibles please and turn to John chapter fourteen, John chapter fourteen, the three verses that I'm going to read to you this morning are perhaps some of the best known and best loved in all of the Bible but perhaps we'll see them this morning in somewhat of a different light than we've ever seen then before. John chapter fourteen, the first three verses. These who recognize of course as the words of Jesus, let not your heart be troubled, ye believe in God, believe also in me, in My fathers house are many mansions, if it were not so I would have told you, I go to prepare a place for you and if I go and prepare a place for you I will come again and receive you unto myself that where I am there ye may be also. One of the most blessed truths that I know is this, that Jesus Christ may come back to this earth at any moment and somebody has well said we ought to be living as though Jesus Christ died yesterday, rose this morning and were coming back this evening for well indeed he might, but God chose a wedding of all things to illustrate that time when Jesus Christ comes again.
The church of the Lord Jesus Christ was called in the Bible figuratively and symbolically, a bride. The church sometimes is called in the bible a building, a Holy Temple. Sometimes the church is called a body. Ye are the body of Christ. And sometimes the church is described as a bride. And there are some wonderful truths that we can learn today, as we think of the church, that's us folks, as the bride of the Lord Jesus Christ and in order to understand this we must understand what a wedding was like in the middle East in the days of the Lord Jesus Christ. So, let me tell you how a courtship and a wedding took place so long ago.
First of all, I want to remind you that it was the groom that took the initiative, the groom would leave his father's house and he would go to the house of that prospective bride and there he would ...
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